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Students on the Market


The following Ph.D. candidates are on the job market for the 2017-2018 year:

Scott Limbocker

  • scott.limbocker@vanderbilt.edu scott
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • https://my.vanderbilt.edu/scottlimbocker
  • Major fields of Study: American Politics and Political Methodology
  • Dissertation Title: The Consequences of Political Participation: A Study of the US Bureaucracy
  • Dissertation Defense Date: Spring 2017
  • Dissertation Abstract: My dissertation explores the political actions of employees in elections and the consequences of those actions to the modern administrative state. How politically active are bureaucrats? Do they vote, participate, give money to candidates? What effect does this have on their influence in the bureaucracy? These are particularly important questions since the American political system increasingly relies on bureaucratic governance that is presumed to be politically neutral. My research demonstrates that the political behavior of individual bureaucrats varies according to their personal beliefs and values related to their perceived career trajectories. I examine if these perceptions manifest into actual promotion within, and exit from, the agency for these executives. I also provide nuance to the understanding of agency politicization by generating new measures of what it means voters, activists and campaign contributors to staff senior positions in an agency, and then consider these new measures related to past explanations of politicization. By understanding the actions and beliefs of federal employees and the consequences of these actions, my dissertation illuminates underappreciated aspects of the politicization of the bureaucracy.
  • Advisors: Joshua D. Clinton and David E. Lewis